Canada Women's Australian Football League

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Canada Women's AFL
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Founded2007, Calgary
Current ClubsCalgary Kookaburras
Edmonton Emus
Toronto Central Blues
Vancouver Harps
West Coast Wildcats

AFL Canada is the governing body for Women's Australian rules football competition in Canada. The primary competition is centred in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec and the national team is known as the "Northern Lights".

AFL Canada

AFL Canada is the governing body for men's and women's Australian rules football in Canada.

Womens Australian rules football

Women's Australian rules football, also known simply as women's football or women's footy, is a form of Australian rules football played by women, generally with some modification to the laws of the game.

Canada Country in North America

Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Its southern border with the United States, stretching some 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world's longest bi-national land border. Canada's capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.



In 2004, the Toronto-based Etobicoke Kangaroos held footy development clinics at two local girls' schools; Bishop Strachan and St. Clement's School. The program culminated in the first all-female footy match played in Canada.

Bishop Strachan School Independent, day & boarding school in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) is an Anglican day and boarding school for girls in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The school has approximately 900 students, including 80 boarding students, ranging from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. The School is named after John Strachan, the first Anglican bishop of Toronto, and was founded by John Langtry in 1867. The founders' intention was to educate girls to be leaders.

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The participation of senior women in Canadian footy grew dramatically during 2007, when the United States challenged Canada to a senior women's match preceding the Northwind versus Revolution game in Vancouver in August at Thunderbird Stadium in British Columbia. In preparation for that game, the Calgary Kookaburras women's footy club was formed in Alberta - the first women's footy club in Canada and the first independent women's footy club outside of Australia. The Canadian National Team comprised 14 Calgary players and 6 players from Vancouver, and lost two matches against the USA Freedom. Later that year, Calgary went on to participate in the US National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Vancouver City in British Columbia, Canada

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Thunderbird Stadium

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The first women's footy league in Canada was established in Alberta during 2008, involving players from Calgary and the surrounding district. The Hillhurst Nighthawks won the Alberta Premiership. The Calgary Kookaburras travelled to the US National Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and won the women's division championship - defeating the Atlanta Lady Kookaburras in the final.

The Edmonton Emus joined the Alberta league in 2009 and competed alongside Calgary and the Vancouver-based WestCoast Wildcats at the 2009 Canadian National Championships. Calgary won the tournament. The Toronto-based Central Blues and the Montreal Angels, of Ontario and Quebec, respectively, formed as their provinces' first women's footy clubs in 2009.

Edmonton Provincial capital city in Alberta, Canada

Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta. Edmonton is on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, which is surrounded by Alberta's central region. The city anchors the north end of what Statistics Canada defines as the "Calgary–Edmonton Corridor".

Ontario Province of Canada

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Quebec Province of Canada

Quebec is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada. It is bordered to the west by the province of Ontario and the bodies of water James Bay and Hudson Bay; to the north by Hudson Strait and Ungava Bay; to the east by the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador; and to the south by the province of New Brunswick and the US states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. It also shares maritime borders with Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. Quebec is Canada's largest province by area and its second-largest administrative division; only the territory of Nunavut is larger. It is historically and politically considered to be part of Central Canada.

AFL Canada National Championship Results - Women

YearHost CityChampionRunner Up
2009 Vancouver, BC Calgary KookaburrasWestCoast Wildcats
2010 Laval, QC Montréal AngelsEdmonton Emus
2013 Ottawa, ON Edmonton EmusCalgary Kookaburras



Calgary Kookaburras

The Calgary Kookaburras is a ladies Australian rules football club based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They play at the Queen Elizabeth School, Hillhurst and are members of AFL Canada. They were the first women's football club formed in Canada.

Youth Girls

National team

The Canadian national team debuted in 2007, when they played two matches against the United States at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia. They competed as the "Eagles", were captained by Claire Brown and coached by Jake Anson, both of Calgary.

In 2008, the team moniker changed to the "Northern Lights" to bring a distinct Canadian identity to the team and a national women's footy development program commenced.

In July, 2010, the Northern Lights defeated the USA Freedom in two matches played at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

In 2011, the Northern Lights will participate in the 2011 International Cup tournament in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. [1]

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  1. "IC11 Nominated Teams Announced". AFL. Retrieved 23 June 2011.